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2021 Basketball Playoffs

Prep Second-Half Run Helps Ramblers Beat DuBois in 5A Boys’ Subregional Game

Malachi Milsap brings the ball up court during Cathedral Prep's win over DuBois Tuesday. Photo by Jared Bakaysa of JB Graphics. See more of Bakaysa's work here

DUBOIS, Pa. – Using an 11-0 run in the third quarter, visiting Cathedral Prep upended DuBois, 47-34, in the District 8-9-10 Class 5A Subregional Championship.

With a two-point lead at halftime (19-17), the D10 champion Ramblers defense held DuBois to only two field-goals and outscored the Beavers 12-6 to extend their lead to 31-23 at the end of the third quarter.

“Everything’s a game of runs,” Cathedral Prep head coach Steve Piotrowicz said. “We focused on not turning the ball over at halftime. Our kids settled in and started making the right basketball plays and that run took us the rest of the game.”

The 11-0 run ensued for the Ramblers behind five points from Liam Gaula and a 3-pointer by Will Innes.

“First half we were sloppy with the ball,” Innes said. “Second half we really tried to work our offense and get everybody involved. It was good because we got them a little confused on defense, we got people moving, got people wide open and we made some good shots.”

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Cathedral Prep’s defense was key as they held DuBois leading scorer, Lennon Lindholm (14.7 ppg) to only five points.

“DuBois has shooters all over the floor,” Piotrowicz said. “Their kids can play, they’re very well-coached and they played tough as nails, but our kids rose to the occasion of stopping their shooters, getting them to miss and taking advantage of the opportunity.”

Six points from Khalil Horton helped Cathedral Prep race out to a 10-8 lead at the end of one.

A Brady Woodward 3-pointer midway through the second gave the Beavers a 13-12 edge, but the Ramblers responded with a 7-0 run thanks to five points from Innes.

Michael Orzechowski and Jordin Sommers helped the Beavers end the half on a 4-0 spurt to cut the deficit to 19-17 going into halftime.

The second half was a different story for DuBois.

The Beavers struggled offensively in the second half as they were held to only six field goals the final 16 minutes of play.

Defensively the Beavers held Cathedral Prep to only four field goals in the fourth quarter but the Ramblers would close out the game strong going 7-for-11 from the charity stripe with Reece Colvin leading the way going 4-for-6 in the final minute of play.

The Ramblers had a balanced offensive attack as Horton led the offense with 11 points. Liam Galla contributed 10 points, Malachi Milsap chipped in nine while Innes finished with seven.

Woodward paced the Beavers offense with 11 points while Nick Felix added eight.

Cathedral Prep will take on WPIAL champion, New Castle in the PIAA quarterfinals on Friday.

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CATHEDRAL PREP 47, DUBOIS 34

Scores by Quarter

Cathedral Prep 10 9 12 17 – 49
DuBois 8 9 6 11 – 34

Cathedral Prep – 49

Tavion Spencer 2 0-0 4, Amaree Pickens 0 0-0 0, Khalil Horton 4 2-4 11, Malachi Milsap 3 2-2 9, Shamari Lofton 0 0-0 0, Will Innes 3 1-3 7, Reece Colvin 0 4-6 4, Nick Lydic 0 0-0 0, Ethan King-Vincent 0 0-0 0, Jake Sambuchino 0 0-0 0, Alex Vahey 0 0-0 0, Liam Galla 3 3-5 10, Sam Spence 0 0-0 0, Nolan Falk 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 12-20 47.

DuBois – 34

Jordin Sommers 1 1-2 3, Nick Felix 3 1-2 8, Nick Farrell 0 0-0 0, Lennon Lindholm 2 0-0 5, Chooch Husted 0 0-0 0, Michael Orzechowski 3 1-2 7, Brady Woodward 5 0-0 11. Totals 14 3-6 34.

Three-Pointers: Cathedral Prep 5 (Innes 2, Horton, Milsap, Galla), DuBois 3 (Felix, Lindholm, Woodward).

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